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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Alaska State Parks Winter Volunteer Program Positions

Winter Park Caretaker

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WINTER PARK CARETAKER (1 position - couple preferred)

This small park is nestled in a cove along an ocean passage and surrounded by dense forest. There is kayaking and fishing nearby and wildlife viewing for whales, bald eagles, and black bear. The site has several miles of hiking trail. There is also an abundance of Sitka-black tailed deer right out the front door. Settlers Cove is located 18 miles north of Ketchikan, which has a population of about 14,500. Ketchikan has a variety of art and music happenings, and is known for having the largest collection of totem poles in the world. Winter weather is mild and misty, with very little snow. At Settlers Cove in the winter, only the day use area is used. 

Main Tasks: Light maintenance within the park, its facilities, and the cabin; provide assistance and visitor information to the visiting public, open/close the park entrance gate daily, and assist in maintenance of hiking trails.

Special Projects: Maintain record of wildlife sightings such as birds, deer and bear in the park, and daily weather record; assist in small construction projects such as viewing platforms and staircases as skills permit. Winter interpretive programs are optional.

Required Skills: Must be able to work independently and have the knowledge to provide general grounds upkeep without direct supervision. Must have good speaking skills and enthusiasm for working with the public. Must be in good health and physical condition.

Desired Skills: First aide and CPR; ability to use basic carpentry tools. 

Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position. 

Allowance/Housing: Log cabin with some furnishings, propane provided for stove/oven and heater, phone (local calls only). Propane and electric provided. 

Time commitment: October 1 through April 30 preferred, will split if necessary. 

Note: Personal 4 wheel or all wheel drive vehicle recommended for transportation.  Couples are encouraged to apply. Applications accepted through August 30. 

Send Application to: Ranger Aaron Ostby

Alaska State Parks - Southeast
9883 N Tongass Hwy.
Ketchikan, AK 99901


phone: (907) 247-8574
fax: (907) 247-8573
email: aaron.ostby@alaska.gov


The preserve is located north of Haines, Alaska, along the Chilkat River and includes about 48,000 acres of prime eagle habitat. The preserve is world-renowned for the large gathering of 3,000 or more eagles during the fall and early winter. A facility located at the "Council Grounds," 19 miles north of Haines, along the Haines Highway, provides sheltered outside interpretive displays overlooking the Chilkat River where the highest concentration of eagles occurs. There is a two mile trail running along the river connecting scenic pull-outs. 

Main Tasks: Assist/provide the area staff with daily operations and visitor contacts, eagle observations, and facility maintenance, including routine janitorial work. Will include light carpentry work, winter snow removal, vehicle counts, highway safety information, and nature observation. 

Required Skills:Should possess a valid driver's license; be physically fit and willing to work in rugged terrain in cold and wet conditions; able to work independently with little or no direct supervision; able to live in rustic accommodations without running water; have good public relation skills and be able to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 

Internship: Field experience only, not an intern position. 

Housing/Subsistence payment:16’ X 16’ log cabin with sleeping loft. Oil drip heat, propane cooking stove, underground power, phone, and no running water. Full kitchen with gray water outfall. Public latrine nearby. Services located 19 miles south in Haines. Personal vehicle required. 

Time Commitment: October through April, minimum of eight weeks, full season preferred. 

Send Application to: Ranger Travis Russell 

Alaska State Parks - Haines Office
PO Box 430
Haines, AK 99827


phone: (907) 766-2292 
fax: (907) 766-2284
email: travis.russell@alaska.gov


Eklutna Lake is located at the northern end of Chugach State Park, 36 “road” miles north of Anchorage. Winter activities include crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing, snowmachining, winter biking, camping, 5 public use cabins, and more.

Main Tasks: Live at Eklutna Lake and perform daily maintenance of the facility. Contact park visitors and provide information, plow parking lots and park road, shovel/snow-blow trailhead facilities, assist ranger staff with ski trail grooming, snowmachine patrols, rental cabin maintenance, equipment maintenance; perform office tasks as needed. Volunteer also assists in maintaining additional trailheads in the north part of Chugach State Park. 

Required Skills: Valid driver’s license; the ability to work with minimal supervision; flexibility; good judgment. Ability and eagerness to learn mechanical and winter skills as needed. Must enjoy working with the visiting public and maintain a high standard for park maintenance. 

Desired Skills: Prior experience with snowmachines/ATVs; mechanical ability and familiarity with tools; First Aid/CPR certification; avalanche awareness and winter survival training; training provided to the right candidate. 

Allowance/Housing: Subsistence payment, a rustic two-room 14' x 24' furnished cabin near the ranger station. Cabin has power and oil heat, landline phone, DSL, refrigerator, electric stove, though no indoor plumbing. Nearby Ranger station has drinking water, shower, washer-dryer, and computer/ internet access. 

Time Commitment: 6 months preferred, flexible. Generally from mid October until mid April.  

Send Application to: Ranger Keith Wilson

18620 Seward Hwy.
Anchorage, AK 99516 
Eagle River, AK 99577


phone: (907) 688-0910
fax: (907) 345-6982
email: keith.wilson@alaska.gov

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

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Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907